Monroe County, Indiana | Established 1979
Dearest Citizens of Benton Township,
Members of the Benton Township Volunteer Fire Department have worked diligently protecting lives and property in and around this township for many years. This service has been inexpensive compared to the contract costs with Bloomington Township - not to mention the fire territory option that was on the table! Our goal for 2017 and beyond is to provide fire and EMS coverage equivalent to, if not better than, years past.
You may have heard that a significant price increase for the contract with Bloomington Township could eliminate their automatic mutual aid we have had in the past. This would put all of us at a greater risk of long response times - especially during daytime hours when all of the volunteer firefighters are at their jobs. It is also possible that our homeowner’s insurance will increase if that happens.
Fire and emergency medical services are not cheap, despite the fact they have been very affordable for Benton Township in the past. Our volunteer fire department is a big reason we have one of the lowest tax rates in Monroe County. Unless we get a significant number of people stepping up to join as volunteers something will have to change. We see a few options for the future:
We are soliciting your feedback on how you would like the township to proceed. We are asking you to step up and volunteer to be a firefighter and/or EMT. Ultimately the final decision rests with the Township Trustee and Board, but your voice counts! We look forward to seeing you at the upcoming township meetings at the Senior Citizens Building next to the Fire Station. The meeting schedule is posted on their door and on our calendar tab.
In addition to asking for help we strongly believe it is important you know and understand that we write grants and try to fund as many things as we can ourselves. On top of grants we also use money raised through our fundraisers and green sign sales to give back around $1000 each year to the Unionville School food baskets and around $1000 each year for candy and film for our Halloween event.
A list of our past purchases using money that is NOT from township taxes includes over $633,000.00:
If you are interested in serving your community and helping out your neighbors, become a volunteer! Experience and certifications are preferred, but are not required.
We are always looking for more help.
All events at the fire station unless otherwise noted.
Put on your best costume, bring your family and friends, and have your photo taken with Smokey the Bear! There will be snacks and candy too.
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